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Feb 2, 2013 12:10pm EST
capacity, number one in access of healthcare, number one in businesses owned by women, number one and medium income, and we are not done yet. [applause] as we emerge, as we emerge and we still have a long way to go, but as we emerge from the toughest economic times, the state of our state is strong and we are growing stronger still. [applause] none of this, none of this happened by chance. many of you have passed tough votes to make it happen. remember seven years ago? we started following the same math approach that created our federal deficits at the national level. democrats and republicans alike in this very chamber had voted to cut taxes for millionaires and to increase state spending without paying for either one. the result? $1.7 billion dollar deficit. that is how it works. it is failing to deliver results. underperforming schools, tuition hikes, rising in crime outside of baltimore. in 2007, together we started making that her choices. we cut spending growth, we had a penny to the sales tax to improve our children's education. we made our tax code more progressive and fair. w
Feb 2, 2013 1:30pm EST
areas, too, including transforming the way we deliver healthcare, so we can create jobs and take care of those who need our help the most. to have a healthy economy, we need healthy citizens. for those of us with health insurance, we're paying too much and getting too little. and for the tens of thousands of montanans who don't have insurance, the emergency room has become a primary care facility, pushing costs for all of us even higher. the fact is, subsidizing expensive er care for the uninsured costs montanans $300 million a year. that makes no sense when there is a smarter, cheaper way to provide better care. through access health montana, we are proposing a made-in- montana solution designed to increase coverage and access to health care for more montana families. it will also create a patient- centered delivery system that focuses on coordinating care and improving health, rather than simply treating illness. implementing these measures will allow us to better control and ultimately lower the costs of health care -- slowing the annual rate hikes that hit all of our wallets. this
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